Gallery walls have been popular for quite some time which means they're everywhere. From hotels and restaurants to living rooms and hallways, collections of objects, art and photographs hung on the wall can be found in a wide variety of interior spaces.
They've become so ubiquitous that they can sometimes feel tired or kitschy. However, those gallery walls that manage to be just the opposite share some key characteristics. Here's my take on how to ensure a gallery wall feels fresh and unexpected:
- Adequate spacing and alignment are key. Each piece in the arrangement needs to shine as a unique and individual element. Giving a small border of space and aligning pieces to one another will help to do just this.
- The art and objects themselves must adhere to the aesthetic of the space. This doesn't mean all of your pieces need to be of the same genre or aesthetic sensibility, they simply need to feel "at home" within the space. While this is subjective, a gallery wall is very much about individual expression, so go with your gut and trust yourself.
- Unity is a must. Once again, this doesn't mean everything should be matchy-matchy. Instead, identify one unifying element whether it be framing, art type, or color palette to create a cohesive composition.
- Playing with scale is always a good bet. Many small pieces grouped together can read as one large piece while art hung from floor to ceiling can make your space feel bigger. Gallery walls that span the full height or length of a space are unexpected and lend a sense of drama to a space.
Take a peek at a few of my favorite gallery walls below to see these approaches at work: